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Barrel Theory Beer Company

Discussion in 'Midwest' started by HammsMeASAP, Jun 25, 2017.

  1. HammsMeASAP

    HammsMeASAP Initiate (109) Jun 14, 2012 Minnesota

    New thread time.

    I'll wait a few weeks to try these guys out. Looking forward to it.
     
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  2. Ish1

    Ish1 Disciple (323) Feb 25, 2010 Minnesota

    Why would you wait? Things are dialed right out of the gate.
     
  3. TGanyone

    TGanyone Disciple (316) Jan 29, 2014 Iowa
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    Looks like I should have worded the title of my previous BT thread differently. God forbid we talk about a new brewery outside the new brewery thread! Be careful Karl is watching!
     
  4. gudbrande

    gudbrande Disciple (393) Jul 10, 2009 Minnesota
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    Went there Sunday, had all five (rain drops, java oats, key sublime, raining 3's, and batch 1). Not a huge fan of Berliner Weiss, but the wife thought that it was great. Said they were planning some variants on a base Berliner Weiss recipe. Maybe Batch 1 was a bit underwhelming compared to the other IPAs, but rain drops and raining 3's were great and amazing, respectively. The coffee was the highlight of the java oats, really fresh.
    I was blown away the quality right out of the gate. The staff was awesome, kudos to everyone at BT, seems like a top-notch group.
     
  5. Crazytrain83

    Crazytrain83 Initiate (50) Feb 19, 2017 Minnesota

    So I'm looking at their hours, and it looks like they are open Thur-Sun, plus two hours before all Saints games.

    I'm going to the Saints game on Wednesday. Game time is 7:00. Does that mean they will be open from 5:00 until 7:00, and then close for the night?

    Just trying to figure out if I can "Post-game", or if I have to "Pre-game".
     
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  6. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (4,831) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Good question!
     
  7. stevefenster

    stevefenster Initiate (104) Mar 29, 2016 Colorado
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    It's almost like they have someone watching this website or something.....

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    Barrel Theory Beer Company
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    There are Saints home games this week and other special events. Here are our hours for the week:

    Tues 6/27: 4-10pm
    Wed 6/28: 5-10pm
    Thu 6/29: 3-10pm
    Fri 6/30: 3-10pm
    Sat 7/1: 10am-10pm [open early for Member Society sign up]
    Sun 7/2: Noon-5pm

    Hope to see you soon. Cheers!
     
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  8. dbhammel

    dbhammel Initiate (81) Oct 24, 2016 Minnesota

    My birthday is coming up, I wish BT would throw a big party for me and all my friends with free beer and food...


    Someone PM me when they post the details.
     
  9. ajbanana

    ajbanana Initiate (27) Jan 4, 2017 Minnesota

    Was there opening night and it was packed. The Key Sublime berliner weiss was really good but not for everyone as some of my friends thought it was too sour, the Rain Drops IPA was tasty and the Raining 3s double IPA was probably my fav. My husband had the Java Oats which I was not a fan of because I don't like coffee but it he liked it so much he had 3 of them (and only them) that night and says it's one of his new favs.

    All of my friends that came liked their beers as well.
     
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  10. Crazytrain83

    Crazytrain83 Initiate (50) Feb 19, 2017 Minnesota

    Much obliged.
     
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  11. Wowcoolman

    Wowcoolman Crusader (777) Sep 25, 2010 California
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    Just returned from the pub. We left the Saints game in the 8th inning to make last call. Solid selection of beers as mentioned above, Rain Drops being my favorite. MPG convetted someone who hated beer to liking it - she drank my whole pour. Kudos
     
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  12. DBijnagte

    DBijnagte Initiate (116) Dec 7, 2012 Minnesota
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    MPG is great, like a tart juicebox. Might be my favorite of the beers they've brewed so far. Sounding like there is a IIIPA and a tweaked version of batch 1 coming up quick.
     
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  13. Nivek43

    Nivek43 Initiate (112) Mar 22, 2012 Minnesota

    Excited for that IIIPA and to try a new batch of batch 1. Any word on hops for the IIIPA?
     
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  14. DBijnagte

    DBijnagte Initiate (116) Dec 7, 2012 Minnesota
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    I forget the hop bill.
     
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  15. Crazytrain83

    Crazytrain83 Initiate (50) Feb 19, 2017 Minnesota

    Visited last night. The two Berliners were both fantastic. Slight nod to the key lime. Apparently we got the bottom of the barrel of the MPG. Server brought us over a free taster of the new keg when they tapped it... to get a truer sense of how it should taste.

    Raindrops and Raining 3s were both good but not great. (Disclaimer- We were just at Toppling Goliath on Sat... So the bar is set pretty high)

    Really impressed. Can't wait until they get some beer into some barrels.
     
  16. IPA-AllDay

    IPA-AllDay Initiate (40) Nov 17, 2016 Wisconsin
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    Rain Drops and Raining Threes has the same hop bill of citra and mosaic with the exception of Raining Threes having Vic Secret hops added.
     
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  17. zenwatts

    zenwatts Disciple (331) Oct 26, 2005 Minnesota

    I tried all of their IPA's today. This place is the shit...you want to check them out! If that's too detailed for you...sorry. :wink:
     
  18. Crazytrain83

    Crazytrain83 Initiate (50) Feb 19, 2017 Minnesota

    The only minor hiccup was...

    I saw that cooler full of growlers and got all excited. Turns out they were all empty, and only there to fill the space.
     
  19. Spewlander

    Spewlander Initiate (78) May 17, 2014 Minnesota
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    Alright, fess up. Who's in line?
     
  20. doner24

    doner24 Initiate (97) Apr 16, 2013 Minnesota

    Nearly everyone lined up is in "the crew".
     
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  21. nmoe

    nmoe Initiate (88) Dec 18, 2015 Minnesota
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    Update on the line situation? Thanks!
     
  22. warmbier804

    warmbier804 Disciple (302) Aug 16, 2009 Minnesota
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    I just got here and am #99. And looks like #100 just showed up...
     
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  23. nmoe

    nmoe Initiate (88) Dec 18, 2015 Minnesota
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    Thanks for the heads up. Saved me a bunch of time today.
     
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  24. nograz

    nograz Disciple (384) Oct 30, 2013 Minnesota
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    Does that include or not include the extra people that will magically show up but "were totally in line bruh"
     
  25. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (4,831) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Wow 100 at 545am, is that correct time of posting?
     
  26. Nuts4Barrel-aged

    Nuts4Barrel-aged Initiate (84) Dec 14, 2016 Minnesota
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    That is nuts. Everyone in line beat me out of bed and I had to work at 7. I visited the taproom this week and was impressed. I had the Raindrops, Raining 3s, MPG and Key Sublime. MPG was fruity, tart but very drinkable and the Raindrops was a juicy, hazy ipa that I would have filled a growler with if they were doing that yet.
     
  27. nmoe

    nmoe Initiate (88) Dec 18, 2015 Minnesota
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    So I actually did make the mistake of going. I was 102 and missed out. 100 got there at around 630. I was 645. The hand numbers were slightly off but a good idea.
     
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  28. HammsMeASAP

    HammsMeASAP Initiate (109) Jun 14, 2012 Minnesota

    St. Paul is a complete pain in the ass to navigate. Seriously though, I'll just wait until the hype dies down just a little bit.
     
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  29. Atom13

    Atom13 Initiate (119) Jun 29, 2010 Minnesota

    I was there last week on Saturday right before the Saints game, it wasn't bad at all and cleared out as game time got closer. It's pretty easy to get there actually with a parking ramp a couple blocks away.
     
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  30. Cibsie

    Cibsie Initiate (165) Jan 10, 2015 Minnesota
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    Maybe I'm just starting to feel too poor for the cities, but this is the reason I haven't gone yet. Paying $5+ for parking on top of the beer would basically make it an $11 pint of an IPA. If there was a parking lot, I would have been there a couple times by now.
     
  31. HammsMeASAP

    HammsMeASAP Initiate (109) Jun 14, 2012 Minnesota

    This makes it a little better:sunglasses:
     
  32. TurkishSqueeze

    TurkishSqueeze Initiate (45) Sep 13, 2016 Minnesota

    Not to mention mileage, insurance, and gas! And then there's lost time at work. Don't even get me started about that. These crooks are essentially charging about 40 bucks per pint!
     
  33. JakeJohnson

    JakeJohnson Initiate (163) Jan 30, 2015 Minnesota
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  34. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (4,831) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    There is so much parking within Blocks of Barrel Theory and as @JakeJohnson said meters not enforced on Sunday. As Far as getting to and from i use Shepard Rd. i can get there or back to S Minneapolis in 15 minutes even during rush hour, to use Sibley from use Jackson St.
     
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  35. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (4,831) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Other than construction Dwtn St Paul is a breeze for a city its size.
     
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  36. islay

    islay Aspirant (243) Jan 6, 2008 Minnesota

    If you go to Barrel Theory, you’re probably going to have to pay for parking. If you go to most other taprooms, you probably aren’t going to have to pay for parking. That alone makes visiting Barrel Theory a more expensive excursion than visiting most other taprooms, all else being equal. I'm not sure why you're mocking the acknowledgment of that economic reality. Throw in the high prices at Barrel Theory (currently $6 for a pint of a standard beer and $7 for 10 oz. of a specialty beer), and it’s probably the most expensive taproom experience in the state. Going to Barrel Theory for a couple of beers probably is going to cost you at least several dollars more than most of its competitors once you factor in parking fees. That doesn’t necessarily mean somebody shouldn’t go, but it’s certainly rational to factor in those costs. It's up to Barrel Theory to brew good enough beers to convince consumers that the marginal cost is worth it.
     
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  37. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (4,831) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    They already have plus ad in the factor of CHS,MN Wild,Theater,Restaurants,outside music, other brewpubs, Museums ,Art ,Lowertown, .
     
  38. elliott1184

    elliott1184 Disciple (347) Mar 31, 2011 Minnesota
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    For the love of God, it's in *downtown St. Paul* Are we all from rural North Dakota and unfamiliar with the concept of parking meters??

    Additionally, $6 for a pint of a well done dry-hopped NE style IPA is *not* high
     
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  39. JakeJohnson

    JakeJohnson Initiate (163) Jan 30, 2015 Minnesota
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    If you can't afford $0.75/hr metered parking, there is free street parking 2 blocks or so east of the brewery. Their parking situation is much better than North Loop, but obviously lags behind breweries with lots or free street parking directly in front of the taproom.
     
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  40. SudsSavant

    SudsSavant Aspirant (225) Jan 9, 2007 Minnesota
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    Are you listening Barrel Theory? There's much more money to be made in parts like Anoka or Farmington where the asphalt is plentiful and free rather than those crowded streets and foot traffic full of actual people passing by in downtown St. Paul.